The finest OM I have ever had the pleasure of playing. If we compare C.F Martins lineage of guitar building to that of the Amati family in the violin world, TJ Thompson could only be considered in the same role as that of Antonio Stradivarius. Taking the blueprint of a 1930s OM, TJ has refined the model and added his own mark to what is considered by many to be the zenith of steel string guitar design. This guitar has redefined my definition of balance, tone and depth in understanding and appreciating the voice of hand made guitars. There are so many details in this instrument that simply combine to make, for lack of a better word, a truly "magical" instrument. Ivory nut and saddle, early Martin style pyramid bridge, bar frets, banjo style tuners, all recreated as only someone that has studied first hand the work of Martins golden age instruments could.
Subtle details like the Koa purfling, set in against an impossibly thin maple purfling and beautiful wide grain ivoroid. The warm glow of vintage amber nitrocellulose lacquer, an inlaid abalone and ivoroid floral motif below the ebony pyramid bridge. Beautifully executed headstock with volute, and abalone inlaid overlay, again with wide grain ivoroid binding. Like all great artwork, you are left with the impression upon spending time with this guitar that the artist has given everything to this work, yet has never overstepped the history from which he draws upon.
Ive never noticed this on a guitar before, but upon inspecting the bracing in this guitar, the scalloped surfaces of the braces actually sparkle when illuminated. Setting the standard in clean lines, there isn't an angle to be found in TJs work, that in isolation couldn't be described as beautiful, graceful and perfect.
Some necks have an immediate quality of feeling "just right" in the hand, and this neck is one of them. Is it the contour? The dimensions? The weight and balance? Or the combination of all these elements together. There is almost an intangible sense when holding this guitar that every joint and detail that is not visible is still perfect and working with the whole.
It is extremely rare that Thompsons guitars become available for sale, and we feel truly honored to have the opportunity to present this guitar to our customers.
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